High-SchoolCalifornia: Girls Basketball

Part 2: Girls of Summer Hoops Tour

August, 7, 2012
California high school girls basketballHarold Abend/ESPNHSThe Cal Sparks Gold team shined in more than one tourney in the summer of 2012.
Cal Sparks Gold team completes strong season by winning Summer in the City event. Girls from St. Mary’s of Stockton also shine in different event.

Note: See Part 1 of this story that took a look at the Next Level All-American Camp on July 6-7 in San Diego, the Next Level Nationals on July 8-10 in San Diego and for two national events near Nashville, Tenn.

Halfway through the NCAA-mandated week-long “dark period” of basketball recruiting when Division I college coaches can’t observe players or events, the Girls of Summer basketball caravan provided the eyes and ears for those coaches at the July 19-22 San Diego Classic.

Of the overall 200 teams competing, 40 were in the 3A Division that was observed.

Despite playing without 2013 stars Courtney Range and Onome Jemerigbe, St. Mary’s (Stockton) won it’s first-ever 3A title with an exciting 48-47 win over a Central Catholic of Portland (Ore.) team that was at full strength with All-American candidates Kailee Johnson and Jordan Reynolds both playing.

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Part 1: Girls of Summer Hoops Tour

August, 6, 2012
California high school girls basketballCourtesy Ridgeview HS/ESPNHSErika McCall from Ridgeview of Bakersfield was one of the most-watched players in the summer of 2012.
Annual caravan conducted by Cal-Hi Sports correspondent observes top California talent plus nation’s best in girls basketball.

What started out in 2005 with a trip to the Nike Elite Skills Academy in Beaverton, Ore., to evaluate invitees that year that included current USA Olympian Maya Moore has now come full circle.

With almost 5,000 miles in the air and 3,000 miles behind the windshield, the Girls of Summer Basketball caravan had its biggest summer ever. The tour was sponsored this year by the Next Level Sports Service and Hoops4Girls (a 501C-3) after being sponsored for six years by Cal-Hi Sports.

The eight events covered from July 6 through the end of the month concluded at the Summer in the City Elite Division title games on July 31 in the Bay Area.

The caravan began the viewing period at the July 6-7 Next Level All-American Camp at San Diego City College.

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More Girls State Athletes of the Year

July, 13, 2012
We have honorees listed for the five CIF divisions plus one for each year in school. Since the overall athlete of the year is a freshman, a senior of the year also has been named. An honor roll including many other multi-sport standouts has been added as well.

Congratulations to the following girls for being selected as a 2011-12 Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year:

Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)

After moving to California last year with her guardian, Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Mike Brown, the Canadian-born and Under-19 Canadian National Team member had a short career in California. Despite joining a team that had won back-to-back state championships, Fields not only found her niche, but the UCLA-bound guard made her mark in one of the most successful girls programs in state history. When USC-bound Monarchs star Jordan Adams went down early in the season, Fields literally carried the team through the Nike TOC and a trip to Washington D.C where the Monarchs played some of the toughest teams in the nation. Her banner year was culminated in leading Mater Dei to a three-peat after she posted a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds with six assists in a 57-40 victory over Berkeley in the CIF Division I state championship game in Sacramento. Fields had per game averages of 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals and “she was the best player at the McDonalds All-America game,” said Cal-Hi Sports Managing Editor Ronnie Flores.

Note: For additional seniors who have been singled out, look for lists under each CIF division.

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All-State Basketball: Girls Super Elites

May, 7, 2012
California high school girls basketball,2012 all-state teamsWillie Eashman/ESPNHSJordan Adams was a floor leader in all four seasons she played at Mater Dei.
Mater Dei and La Jolla Country Day each get three on the overall Cal-Hi Sports All-State teams chosen regardless of CIF division or year in school. Click here for All-State Underclass or All-State by CIF Divisions.


F/G Jordan Adams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1 Sr.
Although the first team may seem guard heavy, Adams actually spent plenty of time in the post this season for the Monarchs, battling on the boards and often guarding the opposition's best player. At the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago, Adams joked about how relieved she was that the season was complete. After all, she helped lead Mater Dei to its third consecutive state title by averaging 17 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while playing on a bum knee. She plays next for USC.

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All-State Basketball: Girls CIF Divisions

May, 6, 2012
California high school girls basketball,Cal-Hi Sports state rankingsWillie Eashman/ESPNHSBishop O'Dowd's Kendall Waters plays tough defense in 2011 CIF Division III Northern California final.
This is the second group of 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state girls basketball teams, which breaks down the best of the best within each CIF state playoff division. Click here for All-State Underclass. Contributing: Harold Abend.


First Team
F/G Jordan Adams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1 Sr.
G Elisha Davis (Berkeley) 5-6 Sr.
G Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9 Sr.
F/G Destiny King (Long Beach Poly) 5-10 Sr.
F Keitra Wallace (Brea Olinda, Brea) 5-11 Sr.

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All-State Basketball: Girls Underclass

May, 3, 2012
California high school girls basketball,Cal-Hi Sports all-state teamsMark Tennis/ESPNHSCourtney Range and Charise Holloway of Stockton St. Mary's both earned spots on an all-state underclass team.
The first of three posts announcing the 32nd edition of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams in girls hoops is ready to launch. This first one honors those players from the Class of 2013, 2014 and 2015 who had hard-to-miss seasons.


First Team
G Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day) 5-9
F Courtney Range (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-1
G Chrishae Rowe (Santiago, Corona) 5-9
G Briteesha Solomon (Mission Bay, San Diego) 5-9
F K.C. Waters (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-2

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California high school girls basketball,All-State team nomineesWillie Eashman/ESPNHSBriteesha Solomon was the CIF San Diego Section Div. III MVP for 2012.
After initial list generated many responses, here is an updated board of players who could be in line to land on one of our all-state teams, which will be done in the next few days on the girls side for the 32nd season.

Note: It is still not too late to send in a nomination. Each one should include each athlete's height, position, year in school, significant statistics. Comparing a player not on the board yet to one who already is can be very important toward eventual selection. Limit each nomination to one page please. Send to: Mark.Tennis@espn.com or FAX (209) 463-1219 or call (209) 463-9050.

Also, be aware that not all freshmen, sophomores or juniors we are considering for all-state underclass may be on this list. We also normally wind up choosing players who aren't on this list for some of the smaller CIF enrollment divisions as well. These players will come to light when all of the various major newspaper-based honor squads are released.

Don't assume we know all there is to know about a player on the list, either. Send us info to make sure all facts are turned in and placed into our files.

Here is the updated list of nominations currently on our board for the various 2012 all-state girls basketball teams:

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Ms. Basketball 2012: Nirra Fields

April, 18, 2012
California high school girls basketball, Mater Dei vs. Long Beach PolyScott Kurtz/ESPNHSNirra Fields drives into the lane against L.B. Poly's Arica Carter.
It’s two years in a row that a Mater Dei player earns top statewide honor as Fields tops teammate Jordan Adams and three others to be the Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year.

Her stay at Mater Dei of Santa Ana was a short one, but Nirra Fields certainly made her mark on one of the most successful programs in recent California girls basketball history.

Now, after leading her team to its third straight CIF state championship, the Canadian-born Fields joins Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to become the second consecutive Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year to wear a Monarch uniform.

“It wasn’t my goal to win Ms. Basketball or Gatorade Player of the Year, but it’s definitely an honor coming from Canada where it’s not really known for basketball but hockey,” said Fields, who last month was named Gatorade California Player of the Year.

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More State Girls BB Players of the Year

April, 18, 2012
California high school girls basketball,Cal-Hi Sports state players of the yearMark Tennis/ESPNHSKelsey Plum is one of the nation's best for the Class of 2013.
The closest calls to make in these categories this year were for Division III and for freshmen. Top honorees also announced for every other CIF division and for juniors, sophomores.

Congratulations to these girls players for being selected as an ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year. Stay tuned for the release next week of the 32nd annual ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Teams. Here is a complete list of our girls basketball individual honorees for the 2011-12 season:

Seniors – Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)

Also named as the Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year, Fields played last season at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), a school more known for its boys teams.

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Terri Bamford: State Coach of the Year

April, 12, 2012
California high school girls basketball, Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of the YearLa Jolla Country Day H.S./ESPNHSBamford is one of the most respected coaches in the history of the CIF San Diego Section.
Her team might have fallen just short of No. 1, but dominant season still gains the program a prestigious honor. Other coaches of the year have been selected for each CIF division.

Prior to the beginning of the season, many felt coach Terri Bamford of La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) had an excellent team, but not many had the Torreys pegged at No. 9 in the nation or No. 2 in the state, which is where they ended up in the POWERADE FAB 50 and the Cal-Hi Sports overall top 40.

Now, after 13 seasons at the helm of the small private school near UC San Diego, Bamford has been named the 40th ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Girls State Coach of the Year. She is the first from the CIF San Diego Section to be selected for the honor since the late Lee Trepanier from Point Loma in 1987.

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California high school girls basketball,31st annual Cal-Hi Sports all-state nominationsWorkman H.S./ESPNHSEvelyn Herrera from Workman (City of Industry) was one of the state's leading scorers.
Choosing the 31st annual all-state teams is a process that begins with this list of more than 300 players on our board. Some of those who’ve been on our all-state teams in the past have included Cheryl Miller, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Candice Wiggins and Marion Jones.

This list is compiled so that coaches, parents and readers can submit additions, corrections and make comments (anonymously of course) about which players should be selected when all information is received. Nominations are always welcome. This list will be updated and posted one more time prior to the teams being finalized by April 20 and announced over the following weekend.

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Final Cal-Hi Sports Girls BB Top 40

April, 5, 2012
California high school girls basketball,CIF Southern Section championshipsMark Tennis/ESPNHSAdrianna Brodie, Jillian Alleyne and Brooklyn Jackson are from No. 11 Summit of Fontana.
Not one but two teams from Huntington Beach finish in the top 20 for the final rankings. Among those getting nods in expanded version are Alemany, Troy, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Pleasant Grove.

There really weren’t any surprises in this year’s five CIF state championship games contested at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.

The way ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 No. 8 Mater Dei handled Berkeley 57-40 in the D1 title game, based on what teams did against the Monarchs in the Southern Regional playoffs, re-shuffled the rankings of the Northern California teams, but not that much.

Many of the assembled pundits thought the Bishop O’Dowd game with Laguna Hills might be a test for the Dragons, but coach Malik McCord’s girls showed why many consider them a possible top five national team coming into next season.

In the end, four of the five CIF state champions got into the top 40 final rankings and writeups. D5 champ Brookside Christian was considered as well, but had to be behind one too many D1 teams from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

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Final State Division Girls BB Rankings

April, 5, 2012
Five teams get added into each expanded version of the final rankings with teams to watch for next season included as well. Teams getting final bumps include Brea Olinda, Miramonte of Orinda, Modesto Christian and Ripon Christian.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here are the ninth and final listings of the top-ranked girls teams in the state this season for each division (records listed after state championship games played on Saturday, March 24; previous ranking in parentheses):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 34-3
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 31-4
3. (4) Brea Olinda (Brea) 26-7
4. (3) Berkeley 29-3
5. (5) Summit (Fontana) 28-4
6. (6) Santiago (Corona) 31-2
7. (8) Huntington Beach 26-6
8. (9) Edison (Huntington Beach) 23-4
9. (7) Etiwanda 23-4
10. (10) El Toro (Lake Forest) 27-4
11. (11) Hanford 25-5
12. (12) Troy (Fullerton) 19-8
13. (14) Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-7
14. (15) San Diego 27-6
15. (13) Kennedy (Sacramento) 26-9
Drops: None.
Expanded Next Five Teams: 16. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 22-10; 17. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 25-9; 18. Deer Valley (Antioch) 22-9; 19. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 26-5; 20. Rialto 25-2.
Honorable Mention: Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 20-8, Granite Hills (El Cajon) 30-5*, Gunn (Palo Alto) 21-7, Heritage (Brentwood) 25-6, Lowell (San Francisco) 25-6, Palo Alto 19-6.
Teams to Watch Next Season: Berkeley, Corona Santiago, Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Huntington Beach Edison, Hanford, Troy, Sacramento Kennedy.

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Ms. Basketball State Player of Year Finalists

March, 31, 2012
One player from among these five will be selected as the 2012 honoree and will be added to a list of state players of the year by Cal-Hi Sports that stretches back to 1905.

A guard-heavy group of girls have been singled out this week by ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports as finalists for the 2012 Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year.

The five prime-time performers are led by McDonald’s All-Americans Jordan Adams and Nirra Fields, who both played at Mater Dei of Santa Ana and led the Monarchs to the CIF Division I state title.

When two players like that, however, are on the same team, the consideration for post-season honors can be split and can help a different player move up to the top.

Here is a closer look at the five players:

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Prep Notes With A Twist: CIF Hoops

March, 27, 2012
Open Division might be coming next season so here’s a look ahead if it happens and what teams could be in it.

At her last press conference during the CIF basketball championships, retiring executive director Marie Ishida said it was “a toss-up” whether the proposal to add an open division to the basketball championship event would pass when the CIF Federated Council votes on it in May.

To the uninitiated, a preferred total of eight teams in Northern California and eight teams in Southern California would be chosen for the open division after all of the section playoffs are complete. These teams would then compete for north and south open division titles and would then play each other for the open division state crown.

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